CECLA Staff

Molly Gray, Director.

Molly hails from Great Cranberry Island where she grew up in a family of boat builders and ran a successful landscaping business. She headed south for school and attended Warren Wilson College an agricultural work based school located outside of Asheville, North Carolina.  After college she went on to manage a native plant nursery while building up her own homestead deep in the Appalachians near Hot Springs, NC. While in rural Appalachia she studied medicinal plants and herbalism. She taught at a local preschool and began a school garden program, which still thrives in her absence. She is currently working to develop a place based education curriculum incorporating our locations unique characters and qualities. 

Asher Putterman, Program Manager.

Asher has farmed extensively from the mountains of North Carolina to the southeastern coast. He has spent time working with small-scale organic farms direct marketing customers through CSA shares, buying clubs and farmers markets, as well as working directly with local chef’s.  He brings a passion for a more sensible and healthy local food system which can create jobs and nourish our communities. He believes deeply in the need for future generations to better understand ecological systems and jumps at every chance to walk some kids or city slickers around the farm and chat about grass or soil. He is currently working to develop an educational based working farmstead at the home office of CECLA in Bowdoinham Maine.